The 2016 Turning Wave festival in Yass

With the numbers still to be crunched, Turning Wave Festival organiser Jan Scanes and Norm Merrigan is sure of one thing - the weekend was a raging success.

Highlight: Performer Fred Smith was one of the many great highlights at the weekend. Photo: Toby Vue.

Highlight: Performer Fred Smith was one of the many great highlights at the weekend. Photo: Toby Vue.

Almost doubling the population of Yass Township, Turning Wave festival goers not only took to the stage, but also to the streets, back of cafe’s and park benches to make the streets come alive with Irish folk music. 

Mrs Scanes knows the event went well enough to lock in a sixth successive year in the Valley for 2017.

“With the final reconciliation yet to be finalised, the future is looking positive,” she told the Tribune. 

Acts from Ireland came to perform for locals and tourists in various venues around the town’s CBD. Locals were also showcased throughout the festival.

“The final concert showcased the local musicians and the Memorial Hall was packed,” she said. "It extremely well received by guests and locals alike. The feedback from all the performers was positive, which is always a great sign.”

“Pleasing the artists is half the battle, because they will keep coming back for more. The quality of music was better than last year and all venues involved got behind us this year and added that extra something, like pzazz, to the mix.”

The Turning Wave Festival in Yass is becoming one of the premiere Irish festival in Australia.

“All we can do in future is keep on encouraging people to turn up and support it,” Mrs Scanes said.

“It would be good to see more local faces around. It is such a great dollar driver for the community so it would be great to see everyone take part and really make it their own next year.” 

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